January 3, 2014
Original Message From: Philippe Gondard
Sent Saturday December 28th 2013 2:45 AM to Dautrey@wcisp.com
Subject F Hight Oroville in France near Le Mans WWI.
I live in France near the town of Le Mans (250 km west of Paris.) By doing historical
research on my area, I discovered an American graffiti on the wall of a church in a
village called Louplande. We can read: “C.WA., the insignia of the 89th division F HIGHT
OROVILLE CAL.” I looked for information on the 89th division, but I have not found anything
on this F Hight from Oroville. I think it was a soldier of the WWI because there were
many Americans soldiers in Le Mans area. You can see this graffiti on my blog. http://canton-la-suze-sur-sarth.over-blog.com/
this graffiti is in a village called Louplande where there was an American airfield
in 1944. But I think that there is no relationship between this graffiti and the airfield
In France, we prepare the centenary of the WWI and I would be very happy if you could
have the history of the American Soldier. Thank you very much if you can help me.
Re: F Hight Oroville in France near Le Mans WWI
From: Daryl Autrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date Saturday, December 28th, 2013 12:35 PM
Philippe, I was surprised by your intriguing email. We will do some local research to
see if we can find anything on the soldier, or his family, who left his name in Louplande
so many years ago. Also, we can appeal to the public through the local newspaper and
hope for a response from someone who may remember the family. In any case you will hear
back from me.
Thanks so much for bringing this fascinating historical item to our attention, and we
will be in touch.
Daryl Autrey, Oroville Veterans Memorial Park Committee, Oroville, CA.
Along with the email was an ad for the 100 anniversary of WWI it reads:
En partenariat avec Phillippe Gondard de l’Association pour l’etude du partimoine sarthois.
CENTENAIRE 1914-1918 EXPOSITION SUR LA VIE LOCALE PENDANT LA PREMIERE GUERRE MONDIALE
A LA SUZE.
Recherchons pour une exposition sur la vie locale 1914-1918 photos, journaux, cartes
postales, correspondances Et personnes interessees par ce project… Collecte des documents
Jeudi 5 Septembre 14th-17th Salle des Fetes Samedi 5 Octobre 10H-12H Mediatheque. Renselgnements
a la Mairie Tel:02 43 77 39 49
Jeff’s words: “It appears CWA could actually be G.W.A and stands for the “Great War
Association”. This part may have been added later? The Great War Association participates
re-enactments and returning soldiers to battlefields. Perhaps he was there and returned
to leave his mark? Perhaps The GWA was added later. Perhaps He went to Central Washington
University C.WA! This is all speculation of course. It is interesting that the GWA or
CWA part is fairly neat and the rest looks hurried... maybe an air raid siren rang…
Unlike some of today’s wars, the French are very appreciative of what we did for them
in the Great War, as it was called. Remember, WWI was not added until WWII came along
21 years later. They are starting their 100 year anniversary of the Great War. Ours
will start in 2017, as that is the year we entered the War to help the French; remember
they helped us tremendously in our Revolutionary War with England. Many of our young
men went “over there” to fly for the French and English against the Germans. The life
of a young pilot back then was sometimes numbered in days. Remember the “Red Barron”
before he met his end. He shot down a large number of the French and English planes
and remember they didn’t have parachutes going down almost always was sure death. Although
sometimes when a pilot died in enemy Territory he would be given a very honorable funeral
by the Pilots he was trying to kill just hours before. This somewhat carried on to WWII,
it was much better to be captured when you went down behind German lines by the German
Luft Waffe (Air force) that the Army or Civilians.
Well here we are in a New Year, soon our two parking lots will be almost completed the
grass, bushes and trees should go in soon. The asphalt will have to wait until the weather
Sadly, we lost a man that did so much for Oroville and also for my research, “Buzz”
Huntington. Through the years since our Oroville High School Days, I’ve known of him,
but didn’t know him well. Then a few years ago he called me and said he had old Newspapers
of Chico and Oroville and would I like them. I always said yes, so every so often he
would call me when he found more. The Chico E. R. Papers gave me a lot of information
about the Heroes of Butte county especially Chico, it added to our list of those that
died also as the Mercury did not always get a story of some of the Chico Boys and vice
versa. I know there are thousands of more stories in the E.R. of the War years if only
I had someone to research. I need help on what the French words say. Daryl’s website
opens Butte County to the World.